Archive for November, 2008

Listen to Cuarón

28th November 2008 by Maura McHugh

At 7pm today in the Light House Cinema in Dublin there will be a special preview screening of Año uña (Year of the Nail), which is written and directed by Jonás Cuarón.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Cuarón about the process involved in making his first feature.

I, Robot Actor

28th November 2008 by Maura McHugh

The BBC reported recently that robot actors appeared in a play at Osaka University in Japan, thus making it the first Japanese robot-human theatre production.

The play is called Hataraku Watashi (I, Worker), and is written by Oriza Hirata.

The Wakamaru robots that perform in the play were manufactured by Mitsubushi, but the software that programmed the robots to to speak lines with the human actors and move around the stage was developed at the university.

It focuses on a young couple who own two housekeeping robots, one of which loses its motivation to work.

In the play, the robot complains that it has been forced into boring and demeaning jobs and enters into a discussion with the humans about its role in their lives.

So far, the play is only 20 minutes long but it is hoped to become a full-length production by 2010.

Submitting to Festivals

28th November 2008 by Maura McHugh

On Wednesday, 3rd December at 2pm Filmbase is running a free information session for filmmakers on the best method to get your short film into festivals in Ireland and around the world.

The panel will include Mick Hannigan (Corona Cork Film Festival), Nicky Gogan (Darklight Film Festival, Still Films), Ronan Burke (Black Sheep Productions) and Nerea Aymerich (Film Ireland magazine).

The session will begin with Mick Hannigan and Nicky Gogan talking us through the art of applying to film festivals, from the point of view of the festival organiser. What sort of information do they look for, what are the basic requirements, how important are your synopses and images etc… Ronan Burke will then give us the filmmaker’s perspective using the multi-award winning film Jellybaby as a case study. Jellybaby, which Ronan co-directed with his brother Rob, won numerous awards as well as screening at over sixty film festivals both at home and abroad. Finally, Nerea Aymerich will look more closely at one element of the application process that is often overlooked, having strong production stills to represent and promote your film.

Although the session is free places must be booked in advance, and information on how to register is on the web site.

2008 ZeBBies Winners Announced

26th November 2008 by Maura McHugh

Last night, at a glittering Awards Ceremony, the winners of the 2008 ZeBBie Awards were announced:

  • Best Television Script: Mark O’Halloran for Prosperity (Episode 3, “Georgie’s Story”)
  • Best Radio Script: Lucy Caldwell for Girl From Mars
  • Best Theatre Script: Christian O’Reilly for Is this about Sex?
  • Best Film Script: Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
  • Honorary Services to Writers Award: Writers’ Guilds of America

Congratulations to all the winners!

Basket Case Wins

24th November 2008 by Maura McHugh

The Irish Film Board reports that the Irish short film “The Basket Case”, written and directed by Owen O’Neill, won the Best Short Fiction Award at the Boston Irish Film Festival last week.